Kennewick Schools 2022 Annual Report–What Stands Out?
Like other Districts, Kennewick Schools have released their Annual Report Card, or report, for 2022.
Report shows a couple of interesting items.
While realizing it does take a lot of people and related resources to operate a district, it's perhaps surprising that 86.1 percent of KSD's annual budget goes towards salaries and benefits for employees. 46.4 percent are certificated (certified teacher) salaries, 15.7 percent classified salaries, 9.2 percent purchased services, and 24 percent towards employee benefits.
4.2 percent of the budget, according to the chart, goes towards supplies and materials. Specific breakdowns of those supplies and materials were not included in the report.
The district has lost approximately 771 students since the 2019-2020 school year
Traditionally, most Tri-City Districts show at least some growth in student enrollment, due to our rapidly expanding area. KSD gained 137 students K-12 from 2018-19 to 2019-2020.
However, since the beginning of the pandemic, total student enrollment (official enrollment) has dropped by just under 4.1 percent. While that is not enormous, it's significant for a District that has seen steady growth for over a decade or more.
Much of that is attributed to student transfers out of the District, moves to private schools or home-schooling, or other official withdrawals. The report did not indicate if the 771 students include those who have left the educational system entirely without officially notifying KSD.
Based upon various state and Federal criteria, 58.8 percent of the student population are considered low-income. And finally, 74.3 percent of the District's budget is from "state revenue."
You can see the entire report by clicking here.
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